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    Lawmakers Form House-Senate Effort to Eliminate Duplicative Government Programs

    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has a powerful ally in the fight to eliminate wasteful duplication in government programs: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced the two lawmakers are teaming up for a bipartisan, House-Senate effort to eliminate overlapping and unaccountable government services that cost taxpayers more than $100 billion … More

    Duplication in Government Programs Costs Taxpayers at Least $100 Billion

    House Republicans could fulfill their Pledge to America promise of cutting $100 billion simply by eliminating duplicative government programs. That’s the startling news from a new Government Accountability Office report today that exposes widespread waste in the federal government. GAO’s 345-page report (PDF) was initiated more than a year ago … More

    GAO: Public Debt Will Surpass WWII Highs Within 10 Years

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released yet another dire warning about the nation’s long-term fiscal condition. The report—an annual update of long-term budget simulations—projects that debt held by the public will likely exceed the historical high within 10 years. What was once viewed by many as a distant budget … More

    Head Start Fraud: It’s Worse than You Think

    “Fraud,” “deceit,” and “exploitation.”  Those words were used this week at a hearing about the Head Start program–the federal government’s long-standing preschool program for low-income children. An investigation carried out by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), revealed several cases of underreporting of income and the falsification of addresses by Head … More

    GAO Investigation Finds Head Start Engaged in Fraudulent Behavior

    The federal government’s Head Start program comes under scrutiny today by the House Education and Labor Committee, which will examine a Government Accountability Office investigation that discovered fraudulent behavior and unlawful actions in the program’s enrollment and eligibility processes. Chairman George Miller (D-CA) called today’s 1:30 p.m. committee hearing after … More

    EPA’s Energy Star — Not Too Bright

    While the Environmental Protection Agency grinds ahead with its Clean Air Act regulations to force reductions of carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on a different energy conservation program introduced by EPA the under the same law. Whether you are conscious of … More

    What Exactly Was the Stimulus?

    Was the stimulus (A) a job creation bill or, (B) a liberal spending wish list? A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study suggests that option B is closer to the truth. Small wonder it did not bring unemployment down. Obama publicly argued that America needed the $862 billion bill to … More

    Head Start: A $150 Billion Failure

    President Obama and other supporters of increasing government spending on preschool have argued that “investments” on early childhood education yield big results later in life. As President Obama told an audience last March, “For every dollar we invest in these programs, we get nearly $10 back in reduced welfare rolls, … More